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​Guidelines for use

 
Guideline for the practical use of the EMF Solidarity Pact

1. Any member of a trade union organisation affiliated to the EMF may benefit from the services referred to in points 6a) to d) when employed abroad in a country where the EMF has an affiliate.

2. This is conditional upon the member showing proof that he/she is a fully paid up member of an EMF affiliated organisation by means of a membership card, proof of payment or any other form of proof of membership.

3. The services to the member will be provided by the home trade union or by the relevant host affiliated organisation represented in the company in which he/she is employed. Membership fees will be paid to the home trade union.

4. When national legislation stipulates that the services provided by the host trade union are dependent upon membership of that organisation, the member should be allowed to benefit from guest membership of the host trade union on payment of a recognition of membership fee.

5. The principle of the transfer of membership after one year is subject to the following conditions:
* Workers employed abroad in a company of their home country remain members of their home trade union
* Workers employed abroad in a in a foreign company change their trade union membership. The same applies to workers employed under fixed-term contracts.

6. The following services will be provided by the host union to the members of other EMF affiliated organisations providing these do not entail any extra cost nor considerable extra work either in organisational, material or expenditure terms.
a) Inclusion in collective and other agreements
b) Information (trade union press, documentation, info service)
c) Consultation with regard to labour, social and employment matters
d) Legal consultation, legal protection and legal representation in all matters relating to labour law
e) The host union may provide other services in addition to those set out under points a) to d).

7. The host union is not obliged to provide services in individual cases incurring costs of 1000 euros or more.
However, agreement may be reached to cover the provision of high-cost services by the host union and reimbursement of costs by the home union on a case by case basis or again by a basic agreement between the trade unions concerned by specific cross-border agreements.

8. The EMF sets up the database in which the agreements are kept. Thus, there is an overview of the extent to which unions provide services to members of other organisations affiliated to the EMF. Existing agreements (e.g. FNV/CMB, FNV/DGB) should be added to the database in order to keep a complete picture of cross-border arrangements.

9. The starting date for the project will be July 1st 1999; a thorough evaluation of the process and practice should be made three years later. In the meantime, practical improvements can obviously be made.

10. The participating unions appoint national project co-ordinators who are responsible for the co-ordination and implementation of the agreement in their own union, and who serve as information points for officials (co-ordinators) of other unions and for the EMF. Union co-ordinators will have meetings at EMF level if necessary.

11. Unions shall keep good record of the ‚foreign‘ use of their services. The number of services provided and the costs of these services need to be accounted in a uniform and transparent way. (For this, a method will be suggested by the Working Group or by the forum of national co-ordinators).

12. At EMF level (working group or national co-ordinators' forum) a piece of standard information (e.g. a flyer) should be devised which unions can use for informing their members.

13. Union officials and shop stewards have to be well informed about the agreement and about its practical consequences for they are the ones providing the services. If in doubt they should always contact the national co-ordinator.
Cases will occur - especially at the start of the ‚project‘ - in which it is not exactly clear which union should serve the members. In these cases, we ask the participating unions to act in a spirit of cooperation and to serve the m